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Find out what's new in SQL Server 2014

Our live one hour training session highlighting the new developments in SQL Server 2014 is beaming onto your screens at 10:00GMT today. It’s free to attend. The training will showcase and introduce the new features of SQL Server 2014, by delivering a series of hands on demonstrations around in-memory performance, high …
David Gordon, 12 Dec 2013
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You use Office 365, SQL Server or Azure, right? Great, you're invited to Microsoft's data insights

Microsoft UK invites you to attend Accelerate Your Insights, a free-of-charge all-day event at Thames Valley Park, Reading, on 1 May, where you can learn more about Microsoft Office 365, SQL Server and Azure. It’s being streamed, too, so you can attend as a “virtual delegate”. The Register is a media partner of Microsoft and …
David Gordon, 15 Apr 2014
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Om Nom Nom Nom: AWS to eat Windows Server 2012 VMs

Amazon Web Services' has added yet another feature, this time unveiling the ability to import and export Windows Server 2012 images to EC2. AWS says it “will provide the appropriate Microsoft Windows Server license key for the imported image” and that “Your on-premises key will not be used in the cloud and you are free to use it …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Mar 2014
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Microsoft squashes Exchange Server bug

Redmond has issued a patch for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 to cure a bug that borked its backups. The sleep-wrecking (for sys admins, anyhow) bug tipped backups into a bucket, whether using Windows Server Backup or third party products, according to this Knowledge Base article. The backup crashes would report problems with “ …

Hey IBM – Lenovo here. Sort your server factory strike out, will you?

Chinese PC maker Lenovo has shrugged its shoulders at a strike in a server factory in China, saying that it's up to IBM to sort out the dispute before its server business transfers to Lenovo later this year. Yet Lenovo has said that it will keep the same salaries and benefits in place for Big Blue employees moving across. More …

EA games web server was hosting PHISHING SITE – securobod

An Electronic Arts server was hacked and used to host a phishing site targeting Apple ID holders, according to internet security firm Netcraft. The site has since been pulled down and EA has told various news sites that it is "investigating" the report. Netcraft security expert Paul Mutton posted on the company's blog that the …
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Office 365, SQL Server, Azure: If your biz uses them, Microsoft has an invitation for you

IT decision makers and doers, do you need to learn more about Microsoft Office 365, SQL Server 2014 and Azure? Microsoft UK has just the ticket for you: an all-day event called Accelerate Your Insights on 1 May. The gig physically takes place at Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, but it is being streamed too, so you …
David Gordon, 11 Apr 2014
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Server vendors lovingly dress Intel's latest Xeon in memory jewels

Intel has released its top-end Xeon processor, the Xeon E7 v2 series, and with it the world's server makers have hurried a set of gleaming chassis out the door. As with any server launch, the processor here is the star – and with the Xeon E7 v2 going up to 15 cores and allowing access to up to 6TB of memory, it's set to be a red …
Jack Clark, 19 Feb 2014
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IBM renews attempts to offload server biz: report

IBM is trying to offload its “low-end” server business, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal's report suggests Dell hasn't turned up its nose in disgust at the idea of buying Big Blue's server unit and that Lenovo could also be sniffing around. IBM's motivation for selling off low end servers is not clear, nor is …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2014
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Microsoft seeks patent for blade server chassis

Sharp-eyed blogger Kevin Houston has spotted a Microsoft attempt to patent a “Tray and Chassis Blade Server Architecture”. The patent, published last December, offers a chassis design that assumes blades – storage, compute, network switch and hybrid blades all get a mention – will reside in trays and be inserted horizontally. …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2014
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Tough times in the server market, even though more iron moved in '13

The market dynamics were all wrong for folk building and supplying server boxes in 2013 - in the year that shipments reached a record nine million milestone, factory revenues tumbled. IDC is the second beancountery in as many days to publish less than flattering stats, with unit sales rising 3.2 per cent on calendar '12 but the …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2014
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Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances

Amazon has released a new class of virtualized, rentable servers that make more RAM available than systems from rivals like Google and Microsoft. The "R3" memory-optimized servers became available on Thursday following their announcement at the Amazon Web Services summit in late March. "R3 instances are recommended for …
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2014
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Microsoft closing in on Apache's web server crown

50 million more of the world's web servers started to run Microsoft's internet information server (IIS) during February, according to Netcraft. The server-counter's data for the month offers the following view of the world's web servers. Developer January 2014 Percent February 2014 Percent Change Apache 358,669,012 41.64 …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Mar 2014
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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 updates also tweak Windows Server 2012

Microsoft made a stack of announcements last week and you could be excused for thinking they were all about Windows 8, Windows Phone and “universal apps”. But Redmond also made a few handy tweaks to Windows Server 2012 R2. It's easy to see why the Windows Server changes have been largely ignored. And I do mean see: here's the …
Adam Fowler, 06 Apr 2014
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A server bonanza is for Christmas, not for life: Xmas boost hides slump

One sequential bounce in EMEA server shipments and revenues doesn't a recovery make, but last year's Chrimbo quarter may have cheered hard-pressed suppliers, judging by the figures. The latest IDC data shows some 606,000 systems were sold across the region in the final three months of 2013, up 13.2 per cent on the previous …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014

Forget selfies. 'Server SAN' is storage world's 2014 TWERKNADO

The Wikibon consultancy says a developing Server SAN form of storage needs to be tracked by IT people. The authors bring together the concepts of virtual SANs and converged server/storage hardware and software systems with a server SAN being a collection of servers whose direct-attached storage (DAS) is virtualised by software …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2014
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Microsoft's Nadella: SQL Server 2014 means we're all about data

Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella made his third trip in as many weeks to San Francisco to announce the third piece in the puzzle that's Microsoft's future strategy: it's all going to be about data, he said. Nadella It's all about the data "The era of ambient intelligence has begun, and we are delivering a platform that …
Iain Thomson, 15 Apr 2014
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Meet Microsoft's latest Windows Server reseller – come on down, Google

Google is going to serve up Microsoft Windows in virtual machines on its Compute Engine service as the web giant hopes to dethrone Amazon as the king of the cloud. Support for the operating system was announced by Google on Tuesday at its Cloud Platform event in San Francisco: the search king will make Windows Server 2008 R2 …
Jack Clark, 25 Mar 2014
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Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2: Quick start guide for sysadmins

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are now officially available. New shiny toys for the kids, but how does a sysadmin license these new products? This post assumes you're already up and running with Windows 8 and Server 2012, but I'll quickly go over the basic requirements: You'll need to obtain your Server Key Management …
Adam Fowler, 18 Oct 2013
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Home-grown server kit saves Facebook 'a BEELLION dollars'

Facebook says it has saved itself more than a billion dollars over the past three years by customizing its data-center hardware. By using gear assembled by the likes of Quanta and Wiwynn, the web giant has saved a significant amount of money, Facebook's veep of hardware engineering Jay Parikh said on Tuesday. The social network …
Jack Clark, 28 Jan 2014
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Server tech is BORING these days. Where's all the shiny new goodies?

Once upon a time, a mere 10 years or so ago, servers had direct-attached disks or network-attached disk arrays. The flash in the arrays – SSDs primarily, but also in the controllers – made data access faster. However multi-core, multi-threaded CPUs have an almost insatiable appetite for data. Any access latency is bad when the …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014

Dell gambles solid server sales for NetSuite's riches

The world’s number two-server maker is gambling its core business on cloud sales and services in a deal with NetSuite. Dell has become a global reseller of the latter’s hosted enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite and will also implement NetSuite for customers. The deal will see sales people from the recently …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Feb 2014

NO WONDER Big Blue dropped it: IBM server biz BOMBED in Q4

There's little wonder that IBM execs were so quick to snap up Lenovo's $2.3bn offer for the sickly volume server biz. Factory revenues and shipments apparently crashed during Big Blue's last full quarter behind the wheel. Ending a thoroughly unpleasant 2013 for Big Blue server peeps, Gartner calendar Q4 numbers show revenues …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2014
HP ProLiant DL580 Gen8 server 'DIMM book'

HP busts out new ProLiant rack mount based on Intel's new top o' line server chippery

HP has released a new member of its "scale-up" line of rack-mount servers, the ProLiant DL580 Gen8, powered by Intel's new Xeon E7 v2 server chips, and said that "enhancements" for the ProLiant DL560 and BL660c Gen8 scale-up x86 servers will be revealed next month. HP ProLiant DL580 Generation 8 (Gen8) rack-mounted 'scale-up' …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Feb 2014
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No plans for Friday night? There's a pile o' Windows Server ISOs feeling lonely

Now that Windows 8.1, the latest version of Microsoft's client OS, is safely out the door, Redmond has turned its attention to its server family: Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and the new Windows Intune all reached general availability on Friday. The October 18 release date should come as no surprise to Windows …
Neil McAllister, 18 Oct 2013

ODMs a 'threat' to Euro server biz? Well, yes, says HP exec

HP Europe is braced for the looming "threat" from Far Eastern ODMS that are building custom servers to order for bulky service providers. Beancounters at IDC have split out white box server makers as a separate segment because of their ballooning share of sales and growing influence on the global stage. Some cloudy firms are …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2014

'Catastrophic' server disk-destroying glitch menaced Google cloud

Google has squashed a bug in its public cloud that threatened to accidentally delete users' virtual disks – an error so serious that one security researcher termed it potentially "catastrophic". The web king today admitted that one of its server migration commands could have "erroneously and permanently" deleted persistent disks …
Jack Clark, 14 Mar 2014

Just as we said it would: HP clamps down on server fixers

Hewlett-Packard’s policy of clamping down on third-party and budget server support has swung into effect. According to a message sent to HP Proliant customers and seen by The Reg: Starting February 2014, an active warranty or contract is required to access HP ProLiant Server firmware updates. View your existing contracts & …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Feb 2014
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Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 early code: First look

In-memory database engine, improved integration with Windows Azure, and new indexing technology for high performance data warehousing applications - there's plenty to like in SQL Server 2014, released to manufacturers on Tuesday. But while Microsoft has been busy and done some heavy lifting, the code that will become generally …
Tim Anderson, 18 Mar 2014
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Yes, the BBC still uses FTP. And yes, a Russian crook hacked the server

A BBC FTP server ftp.bbc.co.uk was compromised by a Russian hacker and access to it touted online, say computer security researchers. The miscreant behind the attack on the internet-facing file store tried to sell access to the infiltrated system to other crims on Christmas Day, we're told. Hold Security – which this year has …
Chris Williams, 30 Dec 2013
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IBM plays with its Lego, hits upon System X server redesign brainwave

IBM's new range of System X servers are built like Lego, but rather than letting you build castles or spacecraft, Big Blue hopes they'll become the foundation of fat databases with tough input-output requirements. The sixth generation of the x86 servers were announced by IBM on Thursday and, as previously reported by El Reg, …
Jack Clark, 17 Jan 2014
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MS gets you hooked on Server 2012 Datacenter, jacks up the price for R2

Microsoft is cranking up the price of its Datacenter edition of Windows Server 2012 for the forthcoming R2 release – it's up a whopping 28 per cent on today's price tag. The Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter edition, which offers unlimited virtualisation rights, will cost $6,155, according to the new licensing data sheet [PDF]. …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Aug 2013

Storage vendors: You're next over the cliff after the server salesmen

You have storage so your servers can work on the data in them. If servers go to the cloud then storage will go there as well, as sure as eggs is eggs. And what is happening to the server market will happen to the storage market. So if enterprise server sales go down, enterprise storage sales will go down as well. Or will they? …
Chris Mellor, 02 Sep 2013
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Crippling server 'leccy bill risks sinking OpenBSD Foundation

The project behind OpenBSD risks going dark after receiving a crippling server electricity bill which it needs help to pay off. The OpenBSD Foundation has revealed it needs to stump up $20,000 in the second appeal for help it has issued since December. It seems the first appeal didn't net it enough to settle the bill in full. …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Jan 2014
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Lenovo on the hunt for UK server and storage techies, sales bods

Lenovo's proposed deal to take IBM's x86 server business off its hands didn't quite come off. But the Chinese firm has clearly noticed that Britain's buying servers again and has asked headhunters to find staff to beef up its UK server and storage team ahead of its own product launch this quarter. Lenovo is looking for both …
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2013

Free cloud server self-destructs in 35 minutes

Creating a cloud server takes just a few minutes and cost peanuts, but a chap in the USA has decided it takes too long and created a site that spawns a free Amazon Web Services EC2 micro-instance in seconds and then offers you the chance to open a terminal window to drive it. The servers are called into existence by …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2013
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Server, server in the rack, when's my disk drive going to crack?

Cloud backup outfit Backblaze has cobbled together all the data it's gathered from the 25,000 or so disk drives it keeps spinning and drawn some conclusions about just how long you can expect disks to survive in an array. The study's not the best of guides to data centre performance, because Backblaze happily makes do with …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2013
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Sons of Sun roar 'Freedom!', uncloak server-switch

Cisco's embattled business gained another nimble competitor on Tuesday as startup Pluribus Networks bellowed "Freedom!" and lobbed a Frankenswitch over the networking giant's ramparts. The Frankenswitch – a "Server-Switch", in Pluribus Networks' terminology – is designed to compete with Cisco, Juniper, and Arista switches in …
Jack Clark, 04 Feb 2014
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HP claims ProLiant server audits to stop 'competitive misuse'

Hewlett Packard is auditing ProLiant Server customers to stamp out “misuse” of its firmware intellectual property in a wide-ranging clampdown on who can support its servers. The news has come to light in a confidential document meant only for HP partners that’s been seen by The Register. The document is earmarked: "HP …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Feb 2014
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Personal web and mail server for Raspberry Pi seeks cash

A project that aims to turn the Raspberry Pi into a personal web and mail server has stuck out its hand for crowdsourced cash so it can finish off its platform. ArkOS, for that is the service in question, promises a cut of Arch Linux customised so that if offers an easy-to-use web server and mail server capable of running on a …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Nov 2013

Branded server vendors: Who ate our lunch?

The overall branded server market may be in continual decline, but there is one area that is flowering - the Original Design Manufacturers building systems directly for cloudy giants such as Amazon and Facebook. For the first time IDC has broken out the numbers for an ODM Direct segment, which includes Quanta Computer, Wistron/ …
Paul Kunert, 05 Dec 2013

BOFH: Backup server's failed? We have a backup backup server

I bloody hate SRTs (or Server Room Tourists as they're more commonly called). "And... what does this one do?" the new Boss asks, pointing at a server front panel. "That would be the frontend of the company portal," the PFY nods knowingly. "And this one?" he asks, gesturing to the panel below. "The redundant frontend for the …
Simon Travaglia, 16 Aug 2013

The Register Guide to Windows Server 2012

Reg stalwarts Trevor Pott and Liam Proven had teamed up to write The Register Guide to Windows Server 2012 - it is fab and it is free,* and it is well worth a read. The authors deliver a great overview of WS2012 and its place in today's IT environment. Windows Server 2012 is the server version's first big update for four-and-a- …
David Gordon, 11 Feb 2013

Facebook's monster PHP engine ready to muscle into ARM server chips

Facebook has taken further steps in its quest to run production workloads on ARM-powered servers. The smoking gun for this dramatic shift was a post by Facebook on the Hip Hop Virtual Machine blog on Thursday that indicated the team is implementing ARM processor support in its translation engine, which turns Facebook's PHP code …
Jack Clark, 13 Dec 2013

MS brandishes 'Katana' HTTP/2.0 server

Microsoft has gone public with a prototype HTTP/2.0 server. The server is designed to implement the version 4 HTTP/2.0 implementable draft published by the IETF earlier in July. The idea, according to IETF HTTPBIS chair Mark Nottingham, is that progressive implementations of HTTP/2.0 will feed back into the standard. “We're …

Only the Chinese can save us now, trill server vendors

HP put more distance between itself and global server rivals in Q4 amid a mini recovery in shipments, mostly driven by demand from internet companies and the mega mobile network carriers in China. And it was even more apparent looking at the quarterly numbers why IBM quit the Intel-based system space and pushed its division into …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2014
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IBM's bailed out of the server market - will they dump Storwize next?

January's not even ended yet and already we have an interesting technology market happening; IBM’s withdrawal from the x86 server market does lead to a number of questions. Not only the future of IBM is under the spotlight, but also what IBM execs feel the future of the market is. Could this be yet another sector they withdraw …
StorageBod, 29 Jan 2014

We saw you admire that rack: UK server sales are finally recovering

Crack open the champers, suppliers - the UK server market actually GREW in Q2, ending five consecutive quarters of misery for those left brushing the dust off their systems. Factory revenues went up four per cent in calendar Q2 to $501m as legacy systems rebounded due to increased project work that followed mainframe product …
Paul Kunert, 19 Sep 2013
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Violin gangs up with Microsoft: Psst, big biz, want an all-flash Windows Server box?

Flash array front runner Violin Memory can now run Windows Server inside its high-end arrays, giving the server OS access to up to 64TB of NAND with the ability to run all Windows enterprise applications in solid state storage. Violin and Microsoft have partnered to make Windows Server 2012 R2 use Violin flash better. Microsoft …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2013
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WikiLeaks' Cablegate server touted on eBay for $3k-plus by Swedes

Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has attacked a former ally after one of the servers used to host the infamous Cablegate material was put up for auction on eBay. The document-leaking operation – headed by Julian Assange™ – slammed Bahnhof, a Swedish internet service provider, for flogging the once-rented Dell Poweredge R410 …
Jasper Hamill, 03 Sep 2013